84bc15b18dc2c202811a1f13579a75e4.jpgDown the stony path, past the leafy bushes and through the arching oak trees there's a happy stream giggling along. It flows gently under a little bridge, and it is just here that a grumpy little troll lives. His house is made of mud and stone, his door and window are made of the finest sticks and he has a sycamore leaf roof covered with luscious moss.


From nature

  • Stones
  • Leaves
  • Moss
  • 10 small sticks (each about a grown-up's finger-length)

From the Out Pack

  • 1 wooden bead
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape


  1. To make the door, cut a piece of string of about two arm's-lengths.
  2. Tie a fish-on-a-dish knot (clove hitch) onto the end of one of your sticks.
  3. Line up five sticks next to each other to make the door.
  4. Lash the sticks to each other at one end of your door, weaving your string under and over each stick in turn.
  5. Tighten the string in between the sticks by winding the tail end of the string around each of the joints between the sticks.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 to lash together the other end of the door.
  7. Thread the bead onto a small length of string. Attach this to one of the sticks where the troll's door handle should be. Tie a knot to secure.
  8. To make the window, take three sticks and make a triangle shape, or take just one bendy stick and make a circle-shaped window. Fix them with tape.
  9. Take 6d39c0696417af336db2aeeb355a7945.jpgtwo sticks and snap them into the right length to fit tight inside the window frame, and push them into place to make the windowpanes.
  10. Prop up the door, and hook your window onto a stone, a stick or a small branch, or just push it into the mud. Now your troll can keep a look-out for goats.

How many Billy Goats Gruff go trip-trapping over your bridge?

€˜Too many!' says the grumpy old troll!


All the items in the Out Pack are easy to find and cheap to buy. You may already have some of them at home. Be sure to keep it well stocked so you don't run out of any essentials while you're out and about. This is a list of what we keep in our Out Packs€¦

  • Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book (Batsford)
  • Coloured pens
  • Masking tape You won't need anything thicker than 12mm wide
  • Wool You can get two balls of different colours, a multicoloured ball or just a ball of your favourite colour
  • Plastic-coated garden wire You can buy this in a reel with a safe cutter from anywhere that sells garden supplies
  • Elastic bands Flat elastic bands of many colours are useful
  • Paperclips
  • Ball of string
  • Wooden beads Big and small, bumpy and smooth
  • Child-friendly scissors They must be able to cut string

Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book

Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book

Extracted from Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book by Steph Scott and Katie Akers, published by Batsford. Photographs and illustrations by Steph Scott and Katie Akers.

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